Speed Read

Does the Workers’ Compensation Act Bar BIPA Claims? Illinois Supreme Court Will Weigh In (JD Supra, Mar 26, 2021)
The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal of an Appellate Court’s decision addressing whether an employee’s claim for damages under Illinois’s Biometric Information Protection Act is preempted by the exclusivity provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (“IWCA”). Back in September, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First Judicial District held that employees’ BIPA claims were not preempted under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation (IWCA) and could go forward.

CBP Introduces Simplified Arrival at SJU In San Juan, Puerto Rico (CBP, Mar 26, 2021)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Aerostar announced today the implementation of the Simplified Arrival process at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (IATA: SJU, ICAO: TJSJ).A inbound passenger facial image is taken to complete inspection. Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States

FPC Exec Details Biometric Card Experience On YouTube (Mobile ID World, Mar 26, 2021)
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is launching a new On the Pulse YouTube series, and spent the first episode highlighting the benefits of biometric payment cards. In doing so, the company called particular attention to the new biometric card from BNP Paribas, which debuted in January.

Facial Recognition Beats The Covid-mask Challenge (Techno Magazine , Mar 26, 2021)
Anyone with a smartphone that uses facial recognition will know it does not really work with a mask on. That can be frustrating – but although masks have undoubtedly thwarted the facial-recognition industry, the technology has also adapted. It may sound strange but wearing a mask does not necessarily stop a computer from identifying someone.

How Musicians and Sex Workers Beat Facial Recognition in New Orleans (VICE, Mar 26, 2021)
Last December, the city of New Orleans voted to ban facial recognition, joining Oakland, Somerville, Portland, San Francisco, and other cities that have successfully pushed back against the widely-criticized surveillance technology. Across the US, various nonprofits and politicians have opposed police use of facial recognition, predictive policing, and other technologies which are known to disproportionately target communities of color.

'Missing From Desk': AI Webcam Raises Remote Surveillance Concerns (The Guardian , Mar 26, 2021)
For anyone concerned that an era of home working could also become one of remote surveillance, the training video for Teleperformance’s in-house webcam security system, called TP Observer, is the stuff of bad dreams.

NYCLU's Court Fight Over Lockport Security System Continues (Buffalo News , Mar 26, 2021)
Although the Lockport City School District's facial recognition security system has been turned off, a courtroom fight continues in Albany over the legality of the state's approval of the system. State Supreme Court Justice James H. Ferreira will hear arguments April 2. The system was turned on Jan. 2, 2020, but was switched off when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law Dec. 22 making facial recognition technology illegal in schools pending a state Education Department study of its pros and cons.


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